My friendly acquaintance and former colleague Mary Katharine Ham (you’ve seen her on Fox News) suffered a horrid tragedy over the weekend. In case you didn’t hear, the first link tells more about it, and the second tells how you can help.

In a different form of mourning, the great Don Devine, the civil service reformer once known (approvingly) as Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword” for cutting 100,000 bureaucratic jobs, writes Mourning the Army I Knew.

I haven’t written much nice about Donald Trump, and this isn’t really a defense of him, but it turns out that his non-answer on the Obama-Muslim question wasn’t entirely off base. But here’s what the truth is: What Trump Should Have Said, by Andrew McCarthy (who will speak in Mobile on Oct. 20, to the local Federalist Society).

As usual, the Republican National Committee Screwed Up: Party Rules to Streamline Race May Backfire for GOP, by Adam Nagourney and Jonathan Martin. (I warned about this very scenario several times in prior years, including here.)

Other good stuff:

Keep Your Eyes On the Race: Carly Fiorina’s Prepared to Fight, by Debra Saunders.

…. and, from the responsible center, namely the now-centrist Washington Post editorial board: The White House is more afraid of offending China’s president than the pope.

— Quin